Overview of Focalin XR Abuse
Medications can be effective when they are used properly, but some can be addictive and dangerous when misused. Fortunately, most Americans take their medications responsibly. Addiction to prescription drugs is rare. However, in 2003, approximately 15 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for non-medical reasons at least once during the year.
) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD
). As a stimulant, Focalin
XR can be habit-forming when used in doses higher than the recommended dosage or for extended periods of time. It is also often abused. Stimulants, such as Focalin XR are also known as uppers and beanies, among other names.
Reasons for Focalin XR Abuse
There are many reasons why Focalin XR is abused. One reason for Focalin XR abuse is for a "high." Stimulants such as Focalin XR can increase alertness, attention, and energy, which are accompanied by increases in blood pressure
, heart rate, and breathing. Another reason Focalin XR is abused is for weight loss (see Focalin XR and Weight Loss)
. Weight loss is a common side effect of stimulants. Focalin XR is also sometimes abused by students who do not have ADHD, but feel that it helps them perform better in school.